Monday, December 10, 2018

Bathing..a Meditation



Bathing..a Meditation

A sense of grayness
perhaps of depression
in these holiday days..
times before
we have searched for
restoral
in downtown windows
in company of another
in comforting wine..

this morning we desire
more..more permanence
causeless happiness..
we wish for a bath
washing the hurt..

A warm bath rises
in our awareness..
stepping in to the
immersing water we
find a penetration of
watery warmth..
a body form now
is water form
shaping our bathing
with only
water and warmth...
~CC


also:

When the lightning of love for the Beloved
Falls from heaven and strikes this heart –
Know that love is also firing that heart,
And when the love for Him brims over in your heart,
Know that love for you is also brimming in His.
Can the sound of clapping come only from one hand?
When a thirsty man moans, "O water, O delicious water!"
This thirst that is in all our souls
Is the Water drawing us always to It.
We belong to It, and It belongs to us. 

- Rumi

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Metaphor blindness



Metaphor blindness

in progress




https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/12/07/a-cure-for-metaphor-blindness/

Advent





Advent

The themes are offered:
Hope..Prepare..Joy..Love..
This is the season
for preparation..
Preparation for:
Self recognition
possibly remembering
what has been 
recognized..
Recognizing one's Self is
recognizing the Lord
religion or no..
The veiled is unveiled
revealing Joy
which overcomes and
appears as every-thing..
This is the birth of
awakening Love
and the real Reason
for the season:
The Season
never-ending...
~CC





IV
Give up to thy soul—–
Let it have its way—–
It is, I tell thee, God himself,
The selfsame One that rules the Whole,
Tho’ he speaks thro’ thee with a stifled voice,
And looks through thee, shorn of his beams.
But if thou listen to his voice,
If thou obey the royal thought,
It will grow clearer to thine ear,
More glorious to thine eye.
The clouds will burst that veil him now
And thou shalt see the Lord.

VI
This is the reason why thou dost recognize
Things now first revealed,
Because in thee resides
The Spirit that lives in all;
And thou canst learn the laws of nature
Because its author is latent in thy breast.


~~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Excerpts from his poem,
Gnothi Seauton, (Know Thyself)


Forum map:


Knowing Ourself
Joy
Luke 1: 39-56 

Knowing Yourself 
“Knowing our Lord”
Recognition of our real Self
Recognition of our True Nature
Awakening
Fulfillment
Remembering
Identity as “I Am”
Oneness
Now
Grace
Love 
Luke 2: 1-14
Prepare     Hope
      Luke 3: 1-6                                         Luke 21: 25-36   



Separation/sin/ego
Fear/Desire
Beliefs
Questions??   (Who am I?)
Recognition of limitation
Recognition of illusion
Repentance (Turning)
Forgiving
Forgetting
Veiling of our real Self
Searching for Joy
Experiencing  “I Am


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Understanding is



Understanding
is 
the experience that relieves
the desire encasing our
search for an answer..
this relaxation is a taste
of the freedom of knowing
for an instant 
our real Self..

Understanding
is not 
another thought
or conception
but the noticing that
there is a fire
in which the desire
is no more
and a luminous Joy
arises and claims
ourself...

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Advent















Luke 3:1-6

...the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,

"The voice of one crying out in
 the wilderness:
'Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill
shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"






IV
Give up to thy soul—–
Let it have its way—–
It is, I tell thee, God himself,
The selfsame One that rules the Whole,
Tho’ he speaks thro’ thee with a stifled voice,
And looks through thee, shorn of his beams.
But if thou listen to his voice,
If thou obey the royal thought,
It will grow clearer to thine ear,
More glorious to thine eye.
The clouds will burst that veil him now
And thou shalt see the Lord.
~~Ralph Waldo Emerson

(Emerson's poem, Gnothi Seauton (Know Thyself)


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Polarity in Play...models








(The Direct Approach)


Consciousness 


___________________________

Experience:

Appears within..
Known by..
Made of..

Coloration of..
Modulation of..
Manifestation of..
Activity of..
Movement of..
Iteration of..






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__________________________________________________




What do we mean 
when we say
"I"
or "I am"   ??


I Am
(I Am no-thing)

_________   (I Am everything)__________

I am Joan
I am Charley
I am a citizen
I am a soldier
I am a Methodist
I am hungry
I am depressed
I am on a journey
I am searching
I am separate

(I am some-thing)

__________________________________________________
__________________________________________________

Words




AWARENESS

Consciousness…I AM…Knowing…Self

Thinking…Sensing…Perceiving

Mind…Subjectivity…Now

Seamless…”not two”

God…Infinite…Eternal

Remembering…Happiness…Understanding

Peace…Love…Beauty…Truth



________________________________



Experience

separate self…ego

thoughts…sensations…perceptions

objectivity…finite mind

time and space

modulation…coloration…appearance

past…present…future

abstraction…multiplicity…diversity

forgetting…suffering…unhappiness






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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Allowing


Allowing

this is perceiving
 our real Self:
as open space 
simply allows..
within our allowing
appearances arise and
many convince us
allowing is myth..
 appearances constrict
bringing fear and desire
with their assertions of
how the world is..
yet experience unfolds
and we find with joy
our occasional sinking
into that infinite allowing
in which appearances
appear...